Is your Mac running out of storage? Are you looking for ways to figure out what’s taking up your system storage on Mac? Well, you can do so with just a click. You must have seen the Apple logo on the top-left of the screen. You have to visit the “About This Mac” bar and hit the Storage tab. You will see a “System” bar representing the space occupied but the problem is it shows storage occupied far less more space than the actual data it should represent.

Furthermore, this bar will not provide you with what’s included in “System” storage because the “manage” button over here will bring you to this System Information window with the “System” row being greyed out.

Anyways, you do not need to worry, because this article deals with four easy ways to delete system storage on Mac.

Clean Sysem Storage on mac

Method 1) Use CleanMyMacX to delete the system storage on Mac:

For a deeper analysis of system storage, you can use a third-party app for storage analysis. The perfect example here is CleanMyMac X.

Note: CleanMyMac is not freeware, but it avails users with “Space Lens“. Space lens is a user-free feature that allows you to scan your Macintosh HD, followed by displaying an in-depth overview of system disk space on your Mac.

To use the CleanMyMacX, follow the given step-by-step guide –

  • Install CleanMyMac app on your Mac.
  • Open the app under the “Space Lens” module
  • You will see the yellow “Grant Access” button, just click on it to allow the app to access your Mac files
  • Now, select “Scan” to begin the process of storage analysis
  • As soon as the scan is done, the app will show you a folder. You can move the cursor over each folder to find each little details of the storage
  • Now, just click the “System” folder to continue
  • The mac screen will display a file breakdown indicating some Library and iOS Support files ( the reason behind the occupied system storage)

You can easily clean the extra files on the Mac and delete system storage quickly by this method.

NOTE: Apple also counts in app caches and iTunes backup files as System storage files.

Delete System Storage on Mac

Method 2) Sort all system stored files by size:

This is one of the easiest ways to delete old large files stored in your Mac.

Follow the given step-by-step guide to do the same –

  • Open “Finder” on your Mac followed by visiting “Recents
  • have a glance at the Size column
  • Click on the size column and sort out all the recent files in your Mac by file size, i.e. from large to small files.

Note: The Size column will provide a clear overview of old and large items occupying a large amount of space. If the Size column doesn’t appear on the Mac, click on the Settings icon, followed by selecting Arrange By > Size.

Method 3) Remove duplicate files on your Mac with Gemini 2:

Duplicate files add on to the system storage. Duplicate files can stack up without your awareness. Searching the duplicate files might be time-consuming. To solve this problem, use Gemini 2.

Follow the given step-by-step guide to do the same –

  • Download and install Gemini 2 on your Mac
  • Select a folder and click Scan for Duplicates
  • Just wait for some seconds for the scan to finish
  • As the scan is completed, click “Smart Cleanup” to delete detected duplicates and system storage on Mac.

NOTE: You can also click Review Results to double-check the files being deleted.

Delete System Storage on Macbook

Method 4) Use Time Machine backups to remove system storage files manually:

Time Machine backups are stored on an external drive. The macOS also keeps a copy of your backup on your startup drive for restoring files when needed.

You must delete macOS Time Machine backups if your Mac is running out of storage.

Note: Time Machine Backups will delete local copies of your backups.

Follow the given step-by-step guide to do the same –

  • Move on to the Applications section on your Mac
  • Click “Utilities” followed by launching Terminal
  • A Terminal window will open up; you just have to type ” tmutil listlocalsnapshotdates
  • Finally, press “Return “. As you click Return, a list of stored Time Machine backups will be listed by date on the screen.
  • Now, you have to type “tmutil deletelocalsnapshots xxxxxxx “, where ‘xxxxxxx‘ is the name of any of the backups listed in the Return list.
  • Once again, click ” Return“.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as the number of backups you wish to remove.
how to Delete System Storage on Mac

After you are done, just check the Storage tab in “About this Mac” to view the amount of space cleared on your Mac.

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